(A picture of me.) Anil Somayaji's Home Page

Hello! I am an associate professor in the School of Computer Science at Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada. I am also Associate Director of the Carleton Computer Security Lab.


In Winter 2015 I am teaching Fundamentals of Web Applications (COMP 2406) and Distributed Operating Systems (COMP 4000/5102). I last taught COMP 2406 and COMP 4000/5102 in Winter 2014. In Fall 2014 I taught Operating Systems (COMP 3000).

In the past I have taught COMP 1501: Introduction to Computer Game Design. I have also taught graduate courses in Operating System and Web Security (Fall 2012), Biological Approaches to Computer Security (Winter 2012, Winter 2005), and Intrusion Detection (Winter 2011).


I am broadly interested in the areas of computer security, operating systems, artificial life, and complex adaptive systems. For more information on my research, please refer to these pages:

I also have been part of many program committees in the computer security space, including ACM CCS, ACSAC, NSPW, RAID, and USENIX Security.


I am currently formally advising the following graduate students:

I also work with many of the students associated with the CCSL.

Prospective Students: At this time I have a large number of graduate students under my supervision; thus, currently I am not taking on any new students. If you feel you are truly exceptional, feel free to try and change my mind. After all, I am always looking for students who are passionate about ideas and research, are interested in computer security and/or complex adaptive systems, and are willing to work hard exploring "crazy" ideas. But given my finite supply of time and money, though, don't be surprised when I say no. My apologies in advance.

Contacting Me

My email address is at the bottom of this page - this is the best way to contact me.  My mailing address, phone number, and my GPG/PGP public key (to verify my emails or send me confidential information) are on this page.

Thanks for stopping by!


soma at scs.carleton.ca.
Last modified: January 6, 2014